In New York City’s iconic Central Park, world evangelist Luis Palau shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with thousands of people representing multiple languages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds in an extraordinary display of the diversity of the body of Christ. It was a fitting capstone to NY CityServe & CityFest, a historic campaign that brought together 1,700 churches and reached 180,000 people in person through more than 115 events in one of the most influential cities in the world.

Luis and his son Andrew partnered with local pastors Gabriel Salguero and A.R. Bernard, former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, and musical guests Amanecer, Israel Houghton, Mandisa, Rescate, Matt Redman, Hezekiah Walker, Marcos Witt and TobyMac to put on a high energy program. Surprise guests who took the stage during the night included musical artist and good friend Chris Tomlin, as well as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is such a beautiful scene of people coming together under a common cause,” de Blasio said in his greeting from the stage. “CityFest is now part of our history. You are showing how much communities of faith contribute to civic life.” MORE